André Rieu

Composers

Biography

Born: 1949; Maastricht, The Netherlands  
Violinist and conductor André Rieu emerged rapidly in the late 1980s as a latter-day Waltz King, specializing in light classics and Viennese salon music. Rieu came from a suitably musical family: his father was the conductor of the Limburg Symphony Orchestra and a conductor at the Leipzig Opera, and most of André's brothers and sisters are professional musicians. The music that filled the Rieu household was mostly classical; Read more symphonies, chamber works, and operas provided the major fare. André trained as a violinist and singer and was for ten years a member of the Limburg Symphony Orchestra.

It was during Rieu's conservatory training that an event occurred that changed the direction of his life and career. Rieu took a job to play a date in a salon ensemble, which entailed presenting dance and light music as it might have been heard in the palmy days before World War I. As part of that job, he played Franz Lehár's "Gold and Silver Waltz." As Rieu became involved in projecting "Gold and Silver" to the listeners, he found himself captivated by the lilt of the music and decided he wanted to continue making this kind of music.

Rieu formed a salon group in Maastricht that survived, with some personnel changes, from about 1982 to 1987. The group's instrumentation generally consisted of solo violin with violin, cello, double bass, and piano, sometimes with members of the group doubling on trumpet and glockenspiel. The group made a number of recordings recorded, first for Da Capo and then for Philips, the label with which Rieu has since remained associated.

Rieu presently founded a larger ensemble, adopting the historic name the Johann Strauss Orchestra. Rieu and the Strauss Orchestra seek to recreate the spirit and ambience of a nineteenth-century Strauss appearance. As Johann Strauss and his brothers did, Rieu conducts while playing the violin, providing the beat with his bow and instrument and by motions of the body, virtually dancing the rhythm. The Strauss Orchestra's programs consist mainly of music by the Strausses and other composers of light music and operetta.

Rieu has written that he recognizes that the concert platform and the presence of a seated audience erects a barrier between players and listeners that was not typically a part of Strauss' own appearances, but he actively attempts to bridge this gap and involve the audience in the music. Accordingly, audiences have responded with great enthusiasm. Rieu's first CD, From Holland with Love, was an international best-seller, and subsequent CDs have enjoyed a similar success. Rieu's concerts throughout Europe and the United States consistenly sell out. The musician attributes such success to his ability to provide the romance of a bygone era, "the Vienna of the nineteenth century, with its palatial ballrooms, their walls fitted with resplendent mirrors and ornate chandeliers, the swish of swirling skirts and a sense of romance in the air." Read less
Christmas Around The World / André Rieu
Release Date: 10/31/2006   Label: Denon Records  
Catalog: 17620  
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Home For The Holidays / Andre Rieu
Release Date: 10/30/2012   Label: Hip-o Records  
Catalog: 001740609   Number of Discs: 1
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    Love In Venice
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 002211502 Release Date: 11/04/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eduardo Capua,  Domenico Modugno,  Paul Sebastian,  Frank Steijns  ... 
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
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    Das Alte Werk - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 46438 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Orlando Gibbons  ... 
    Performer:  Herbert Tachezi,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Frans Brüggen,  Jeannette Van Wingerden  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Werner Ehrhardt,  Giovanni Antonini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Leonhardt Consort,  Studio for Early Music  ... 
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    Home For The Holidays
    Label: Universal Music Enterprises   Catalog: 001740802 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Berlin,  Roger Miller,  Howard Blake,  Frank Steijns  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Reker,  Freya Cremers,  Marcel Falize,  Jennifer Kowalski  ... 
    Conductor:  André Rieu
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    Home For The Holidays / Andre Rieu
    Label: Hip-o Records   Catalog: 001747859 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
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    Home For The Holidays / Andre Rieu
    Label: Hip-o Records   Catalog: 001740609 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Berlin,  Roger Miller,  Howard Blake,  Frank Steijns  ... 
    Performer:  Glenn Falize,  Marcel Falize,  Ward Vlasveld,  Boris Goldenblank  ... 
    Conductor:  André Rieu
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    The Complete Bach Edition
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 664202 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 154
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Max van Egmond,  Kurt Equiluz,  Paul Esswood,  Walter Gampert  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Ton Koopman,  Jaap Schröder  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Chorus Viennensis,  Vienna Boys' Choir  ... 
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    Andre Rieu - A Celebration of Music [slimline case]
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17780 Release Date: 10/19/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra
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    Andre Rieu - A Celebration of Music [slipcase]
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17800 Release Date: 10/19/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra
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    Live From Dresden - Wedding At The Opera / Andre Rieu
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17791 Release Date: 11/03/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Franz Lehár,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johann Paul A. Martini  ... 
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra
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    Andre Rieu - Greatest Hits
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17730 Release Date: 03/03/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Franz Lehár,  Various
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
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  • 11.
    Around The World With Andre Rieu
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17660 Release Date: 12/02/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
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    André Rieu - Live In Vienna
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17696 Release Date: 09/30/2008  
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
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    Live In Vienna - Mozart, Lehar, Etc / Andre Rieu, Johann Strauss Orchestra
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17689 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Rodgers,  Emmerich Kálmán,  Franz Lehár,  Robert Stolz  ... 
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra Vienna
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    André Rieu Live
    Label: Cnr Music (Netherlands)   Catalog: 179052 Release Date: 08/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Kenneth Alford,  Traditional
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
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    Merry Christmas - André Rieu / Rieu, Et Al
    Label: Cnr Music (Netherlands)   Catalog: 179062 Release Date: 08/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Traditional,  Irving Berlin,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
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  • 16.
    On A Blue Evening With André Rieu
    Label: Cnr Music (Netherlands)   Catalog: 179072 Release Date: 08/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Kenneth Alford,  Traditional
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
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    Bach: Cantatas Bwv 206 & 208 / Rieu, Jacobeit, Spoorenberg, Matthes, Brand
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4696469 Release Date: 07/21/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Erna Spoorenberg,  Irmgard Jacobeit,  Willhelmene Matthes,  Jacques Villisech
    Conductor:  André Rieu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Chamber Orchestra,  Monteverdi Choir Hamburg
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    André Rieu In Wonderland
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17699 Release Date: 04/01/2008  
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Max Steiner,  Edvard Grieg,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Conductor:  André Rieu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Andre Rieu In Wonderland - Collector's Edition
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17709 Release Date: 04/01/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Frank Churchill,  André Rieu,  Robert Stolz  ... 
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
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  • 20.
    Andre Rieu In Wonderland [denon]
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17698 Release Date: 04/01/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian,  Saint-Preux,  Frank Churchill,  George David Weiss  ... 
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
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  • 21.
    We Wish You A Merry Christmas
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000984202 Release Date: 10/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roberto Alagna,  Michael Praetorius,  Irving Berlin,  Franz Xaver Gruber  ... 
    Performer:  Roberto Alagna,  Bryn Terfel,  André Rieu,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul McCreesh,  André Rieu,  Kurt Adler,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Johann Strauss Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 22.
    André Rieu - Masterpieces
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000913402 Release Date: 09/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Jules Massenet,  Traditional,  Emil Waldteufel  ... 
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra
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  • 23.
    André Rieu - Live In New York At Radio City Music Hall
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17658 Release Date: 09/04/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Sr.,  George Frideric Handel,  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  John Philip Sousa  ... 
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra,  Johann Strauss Chorus,  Harlem Gospel Choir
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  • 24.
    Radio City Music Hall - Live In New York / Andre Rieu
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17657 Release Date: 09/04/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  James Rich,  Traditional,  John Philip Sousa  ... 
    Performer:  Celine Saleh,  André Rieu,  Suzan Erens,  Carla Maffioletti
    Conductor:  André Rieu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra,  Harlem Gospel Choir,  Platinum Tenors
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    Radio City Music Hall - Live In New York / Andre Rieu
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17704 Release Date: 09/04/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  James Rich,  Traditional,  John Philip Sousa  ... 
    Performer:  André Rieu,  Celine Saleh,  Carla Maffioletti,  Suzan Erens
    Conductor:  André Rieu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Platinum Tenors,  Harlem Gospel Choir,  Johann Strauss Orchestra
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